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1931 Kenneth 2016

Kenneth Lee Claar

July 21, 1931 — May 30, 2016


July 21, 1931
rural Gosper County, Nebraska

May 30, 2016
Sheldon, Iowa

11:00 A.M. Monday, June 6, 2016
Faith United Methodist Church
Gibbon, Nebraska

Rev. Michael Evans Officiating
Visitation will be on Monday, June 6, 2016
at the Faith United Methodist Church in Gibbon, Nebraska
with the family present from 9:00 11:00 AM

His Eye Is On The Sparrow
Sung by: Kathy Pierce

Amazing Grace
Organist: Deb Van Matre

Paul Claar Megan Gross
Erin Balk Kayla Torske
Ashley Torske Stephanie Hoffmann
Amanda Claar Sara Claar
Katie Claar

Riverside Cemetery
Gibbon, Nebraska

After the graveside service, relatives and friends are invited to join
the family for lunch in the fellowship hall of the church.

Arrangements under the care of
Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon, Iowa
O'Brien, Straatmann & Redinger Funeral Home
Kearney, Nebraska

Kenneth Lee Claar was born July 21, 1931 on a farm in rural Gosper County, Nebraska to Beryl and Rosa (Genrich) Claar. Ken lived on farms in Gosper and Phelps Counties while he was growing up. He attended District 42 County School for grades 1-7 and Mascot for grades 8-12. He graduated from Mascot High School in 1948. Kenny then moved to Holdrege, NE, where he worked for Braun Furniture for one year before going to work at Anderson Plumbing and Heating. He was united in marriage to Joy Marilyn Musgrave on June 13, 1954 in Minden, NE. After their marriage they lived in Axtell, NE for two years and then moved to Holdrege, NE for four years before moving to Shelton, NE and then on to Gibbon, NE. Kenny worked for Kansas Nebraska Gas Co. for 32 years. In 2012, Kenny moved to Fieldcrest Assisted Living in Sheldon Iowa. He passed away on May 30, 2016 at Sanford Senior Care Center in Sheldon, IA at the age of 84 years.
He was a member of the Nebraska National Guard for nine years. Kenny served on various United Methodist Church committees and also as a trustee. In Gibbon, he was active on the volunteer fire department for over 25 years. He enjoyed doing things with his children and grandchildren. His hobbies were bowling, gardening, travel, water skiing and fishing. Kenny last water skied on his 80th birthday. Those who knew him would comment on what a kind and gentle man he was.
Those left to cherish his memories are his children: Mikal and Nancy Claar of Sheldon, IA and their children, Joe and Megan Gross, Adam and Erin Balk, Paul Claar and great grandchildren, Hannah and Conor Gross; Melody and Steve Torske of Lincoln, NE and their children, Kayla and Ashley Torske; Mark and Joan Claar of Overland Park, KS and their children, Nick and Stephanie Hoffmann, Amanda, Sara and Katie Claar and great grandchildren, Caiden and Willow Claar; a sister-in-law, Mavis Ganzel of Lincoln, NE.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Marilyn; his parents and two brothers, Keith and Beryl Jr. and his wife, Hazel Claar.
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